Having their say and receiving information
In whatever dealings your child has with a public body, whether it’s the council, the school, or anybody else – there are some basic ways they should expect to be treated.
One of those basics is to be able to have their say, and for adults to take their views seriously.
- Adults should regularly ask your child for their views; it shouldn’t be a one-off. It’s good to think of it like this: adults should make decisions with children, not for them.
- If an adult gives your child information, it should be in a language or format that is appropriate for their age. It should also take into account their maturity, culture, and whether they have a disability or not.